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Golmaal Again  : The Brand Works Again
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Friday, October 20, 2017
Comedy
Rohit Shetty
Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Tusshar Kapoor

Filled with old lovable characters and new, the crazy gang is back with a 1-point agenda: to have you chuckling.

 

After slipping with Dilwale last year, director Rohit Shetty returns to mad form with a sequel that prods you to leave stress behind and smile. 

 

Finger-breaking Gopal is back to lead the cast. Or O-Aal as mute Lucky continues to calls him. With two Laxmans and a Madhav the five-some is joined by Khushi and Annain this instalment for another fun round, this time to bring a murderous builder to book.

 

The method in the madness is the ensemble cast where every character has a distinct contribution to make, every actor has pat-perfect comic timing and gets the screen time to be endearing.  

 

Ajay Devgn as tough Gopal who’s petrified of ghosts has his trademark polish and punch in the fight sequences and the background score breaks into a lively Tamil rap in one scene since it’s set in Coonoor. But Devgn’s bigger contribution is that he generously shares space with all his colleagues, never once trying to overshadow or steal the limelight from anyone. Shreyas Talpade may lisp as Laxman but he’s gifted enough to lift it to hilarious levels especially when he sings a lullaby to Gopal or breaks into a Nana Patekar dialogue. In fact bringing Nana Patekar’s famous dialogue delivery and mannerisms into each character adds to the fun. There’s the comfort of feel-good familiarity with Arshad Warsi, Kunal Khemu and Tusshar Kapoor around who make an irreplaceable fit in the Golmaal franchise.

 

Johnny Lever and Sanjay Mishra may always be relied upon to provide much mirth and they do just that. Prakash Raj and Neil Nitin Mukesh pitch in with their meanness. With so many guys around, Tabu and Parineeti Chopra don’t get left behind as they have the main substantial roles to play which they do with easy efficiency.

 

Screenplay by Yunus Sejawal and Farhad and Sajid’s dialogues ensure that the general feel-good mood endures most of the time.     

 

Once more, the one grouse I have is the length. Trimming the 151 minutes by about 15 minutes would’ve made this more enjoyable. 

 

But the franchise gets lucky for the 4th time in a row as the fun is clean, fresh and pretty much non-stop. 

 

A relaxed Diwali watch for families who’re not looking for serious logic, Golmaal Again gets a 3* rating.

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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